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News archive

This is an archive containing every news story ever posted on the BDT website. If you’re looking for a specific article, try the search box at the top right hand side of this page. Otherwise you can just browse the archive by selecting a year and month below.

October, 2010

Understaffed, unmanned

Originally published: Friday, 29th October, 2010

Shortage of local police leaves stations unattended

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Big day out

Originally published: Friday, 29th October, 2010

The Regional Art Gallery is putting on a day for the whole family on Sunday.

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Earth didn't move for some

Originally published: Friday, 29th October, 2010

A large earthquake struck close to the township of Wanaaring in the early hours of yesterday - not that many of the 136 residents noticed.

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Celebrating our changing culture

Originally published: Friday, 29th October, 2010

A two-day festival will be held in Sturt Park next week to mark the success of the local Drink Safe campaign. 

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Protest attracts thousands

Originally published: Friday, 29th October, 2010

More than 6,500 people have signed a petition protesting against a plan to change the way Menindee Lakes operates and find an alternative water supply for Broken Hill.

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Hopeful citizens head to the 'Gong

Originally published: Friday, 29th October, 2010

Citizen of the Year Joyce Scobie and Young Citizen of the Year Jusara Caple will represent local volunteers at the NSW/ACT Regional Community of the Year Awards which will be announced at a gala event in Wollongong tomorrow night.

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Drawing kids in

Originally published: Friday, 29th October, 2010

A popular children's book illustrator visited students at Alma Public School this week to show them what goes into drawing pictures for books.

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City sporty: basketball official

Originally published: Friday, 29th October, 2010

Two SA Country Basketball officers have been in the city giving coaches, players and students coaching.

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Fishing, yabbie challenge

Originally published: Friday, 29th October, 2010

Even with rain forecast for Menindee tomorrow it's unlikely that the track will be wet for the yabbie race planned for the Albemarle Hotel.

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Golf

Originally published: Friday, 29th October, 2010

BH Golf Club News

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Priced into darkness

Originally published: Thursday, 28th October, 2010

Lights might have to go off as power bills skyrocket: councils

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Nhatji running through racecourse mural

Originally published: Thursday, 28th October, 2010

A group of Aboriginal artists are wrapping up work on a mural at the racecourse. 

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House fire suspicious

Originally published: Thursday, 28th October, 2010

Police are treating a fire which caused an estimated $150,000 damage to a house in South Broken Hill on Tuesday night as suspicious.

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Rally against domestic violence

Originally published: Thursday, 28th October, 2010

The local domestic violence committee is calling for an end to domestic violence and hopes the approaching Reclaim the Night will help.

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Delayed movie still providing positives

Originally published: Thursday, 28th October, 2010

While the heavily modified vehicles which will play a starring role in the Mad Max 4 movie"Fury Road" remain a closely guarded secret, there can be no hiding the production vehicles which have been swarming Broken Hill.

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Rider in trouble

Originally published: Thursday, 28th October, 2010

A man has been flown to hospital in Adelaide in a serious condition after coming off his motorcycle on Tuesday night.

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Swooping magpies shot by police

Originally published: Thursday, 28th October, 2010

Police have reluctantly destroyed a pair of magpies that were swooping on people near the North Mine.

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Public interview times changed

Originally published: Thursday, 28th October, 2010

The Acting Mayor will hold his first public interviews tomorrow. However, Deputy Mayor Neville Gasmier said yesterday that he will only be available for more interviews until the middle of next week.

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Speaker promotes resilience

Originally published: Thursday, 28th October, 2010

A motivational speaker is in the city to give young students messages of encouragement and resilience.

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Aerial locust spraying underway

Originally published: Thursday, 28th October, 2010

The Australian Plague Locust Commission has started aerial control spraying of plague locusts south of the city as part of a comprehensive strategy to control the upcoming locust outbreak.

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Junior Excellence forum

Originally published: Thursday, 28th October, 2010

On Saturday, six swimmers from the SC Swim Club - Indianna Paull, Courtney Evitts, Jessica Evitts, Kai Pressler, Kiara Pressler and Kalyce Pressler travelled to Adelaide for the Australian Junior Excellence Program "Birth of a Hero" Swimming Forum.

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Billiards Round 16

Originally published: Thursday, 28th October, 2010

Untouchables Vs Stickmen:

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Titans and Chargers News

Originally published: Thursday, 28th October, 2010

A great round of basketball was enjoyed by all the Titans and Chargers teams again this week. With the end of the season approaching all teams are playing well and it is pleasing to see the development all players are showing.

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Cricket

Originally published: Thursday, 28th October, 2010

Warriors Cricket Club Report

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Dubbo claim dismissed

Originally published: Wednesday, 27th October, 2010

Health council chair says health network will be run locally

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Think "lead safe"

Originally published: Wednesday, 27th October, 2010

The Child and Family Community Centre wants the public to think "Lead Safe" when working at home.

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Local priest's historic trip

Originally published: Wednesday, 27th October, 2010

Broken Hill priest, Father Sunny Kannamkulam, was one of about 50,000 people who attended the recent canonisation of Mary MacKillop in Rome.

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Missing man found safe and well

Originally published: Wednesday, 27th October, 2010

A man who went missing from the hospital a week ago has been found in Port Pirie.

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Star destination

Originally published: Wednesday, 27th October, 2010

The city's reputation as one of the best film locations in the world has been endorsed by internationally acclaimed travel guide, Lonely Planet.

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Girlfriend "basher" jailed

Originally published: Wednesday, 27th October, 2010

A man who assaulted his girlfriend twice in a week had such a long history of committing violent acts that he had to go to jail, a magistrate told the Local Court yesterday.

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Disability forum

Originally published: Wednesday, 27th October, 2010

A forum aimed at demonstrating the benefits local businesses can achieve by welcoming people with disabilities as customers and employees will be held here this morning.

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Prom concert a musical treat

Originally published: Wednesday, 27th October, 2010

A group of Morgan Street students will be singing their hearts out at this year's Broken Hill Prom Concert.

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Open door policy

Originally published: Wednesday, 27th October, 2010

The practice of making the mayor available to the public for interviews is to be revived by the city's acting mayor.

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Cup fever hits town

Originally published: Wednesday, 27th October, 2010

In the build up to the Melbourne Cup the Shinglebacks will stage their second annual Melbourne Cup Ball at the Entertainment Centre on Saturday night.

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Honoured for footy roles

Originally published: Wednesday, 27th October, 2010

Broken Hill Football League Chairman David Sedunary has been recognised for exemplary service to the game of Australian Rules football from two of the country'shighest ranking football organisations, the South Australian National Football League (SANFL) and the Australian Football League (AFL).

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Golf News

Originally published: Wednesday, 27th October, 2010

BH GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB LADIES REPORT

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She Devils and Rip Girlz Basketball News

Originally published: Wednesday, 27th October, 2010

Round 11 has now been completed and we now have only five more games to complete for 2010.

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Full lakes should hook fishers in

Originally published: Tuesday, 26th October, 2010

A chance to see the Menindee Lakes full of water is expected to attract people to this year's Fishing Challenge.

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Break and enters continue

Originally published: Tuesday, 26th October, 2010

One house was ransacked and another burgled in Railwaytown over the weekend.

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More to Kokoda than the walk

Originally published: Tuesday, 26th October, 2010

The Barrier Social Democratic Club's Hannah Mengerson has recently returned from walking the Kokoda Track.

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Writing tips

Originally published: Tuesday, 26th October, 2010

Two popular Australian authors have travelled to the city to give students tips on how to improve their writing.

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Police Reports

Originally published: Tuesday, 26th October, 2010

Appeal for missing man

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Output stopped after toxic leak

Originally published: Tuesday, 26th October, 2010

The majority owner of local miner Perilya has ceased output from one of its smelters following a toxic leak into a nearby river. 

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Central, North open season with victories

Originally published: Tuesday, 26th October, 2010

The city's senior cricketers had their first hit-out for the season on Sunday with consecutive 20/20 matches at the Jubilee Oval.

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SC Archers

Originally published: Tuesday, 26th October, 2010

On Sunday archers held a 3-arrow shoot with the first scoring arrow counted resulting in a possible total of 400 points.

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Silver City Swim Club point score results: Oct 16, 17

Originally published: Tuesday, 26th October, 2010

Congratulations to the following swimmers who all improved their personal best times:

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Fans soak up Cup success

Originally published: Monday, 25th October, 2010

Winner revels in conditions

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TAFE students flash up Penrose

Originally published: Monday, 25th October, 2010

TAFE apprentices have started their next major project at Penrose Park.

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Ancient knowledge benefits

Originally published: Monday, 25th October, 2010

It has been more than 40,000 years in the making, but the innovative Western NSW Region Aboriginal Knowledge and Practice Centre is very much focussed on the future.

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Service to community recognised

Originally published: Monday, 25th October, 2010

Several police and community officers in the local command have been recognised for their service to the community.

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Cup winner has right credentials

Originally published: Monday, 25th October, 2010

Jockey claims three winners

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Soccer trials tonight

Originally published: Monday, 25th October, 2010

Talented young soccer players have the chance to try out for a Regional Centre of Excellence training program tonight. 

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Mine acts to lessen impact

Originally published: Friday, 22nd October, 2010

CBH Resources says relocating a proposed processing plant to the north-eastern end of the Rasp Mine will reduce the mining operation's impact on residents.

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A good year for the roses

Originally published: Friday, 22nd October, 2010

With roses in bloom and gardens looking green and fresh, the Silver City Garden Club recently held its Rose Competition.

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Guns, ammo stolen

Originally published: Friday, 22nd October, 2010

Police say that recovering three guns and an amount of ammunition stolen from a Menindee property is a high priority.

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Numbers come up big time

Originally published: Friday, 22nd October, 2010

A local man doubled hisluck by buying two tickets in the Saturday Lotto draw and winning two shares in the $4 million division prize.

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Chilling out in the rain

Originally published: Friday, 22nd October, 2010

A drop of rain yesterday was of little concern to hospital staff who organised a "stress less" day in the town square.

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Company delves gold prospect

Originally published: Friday, 22nd October, 2010

Drilling has begun on two gold prospects south of the city. 

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MP to enter debate on war

Originally published: Friday, 22nd October, 2010

BDT/AAP - Local federal MP Sussan Ley will next week have the opportunity to speak on the war in Afghanistan.

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Police seek to ease concern over assaults

Originally published: Friday, 22nd October, 2010

Despite still looking for a suspect, police said the public had nothing to fear following a sexual assault in the city two weeks ago.

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Batten down the hatches

Originally published: Friday, 22nd October, 2010

With heavy rain and storms forecast for the city tonight and predictions of severe weather conditions for most of the state on Friday, the State EmergencyService is urging home owners to take precautions.

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New pool attracts top event

Originally published: Friday, 22nd October, 2010

The SA Country Swimming Championships will be held here in January and a Swimming SA representative will be in the city today to meet organisers and to inspect the local facilities.

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Derham starts with a bang

Originally published: Friday, 22nd October, 2010

Still yet to turn 17, explosive quick bowler Tom Derham started his A grade SACA district cricket career with the West Torrens Cricket Club in amazingstyle.

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Snapper awakens

Originally published: Thursday, 21st October, 2010

150 jobs on offer

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Businesses 'must change for better'

Originally published: Thursday, 21st October, 2010

The Film Broken Hill Advisory Group (FBHAG) says it is determined to push local businesses to do better as part of its plan to galvanise support for the film industry.

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Tandou questions 'missing savings'

Originally published: Thursday, 21st October, 2010

81gL 'credit' not in Basin plan guide

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Poorly timed plan would ruin farms

Originally published: Thursday, 21st October, 2010

The Murray-Darling Basin Plan as it stands would destroy most of the farms in the electorate, local State MP John Williams told the NSW Parliament yesterday.

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Residents told lock up as thieves busy

Originally published: Thursday, 21st October, 2010

An elderly woman has been robbed in her home as police warned yesterday about a new spate of burglaries and opportunistic theft.

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End of an era as firm shuts shop

Originally published: Thursday, 21st October, 2010

The oldest business in the city, Austen Brown, Boog Solicitors, is closing its local office after more than a century of dealing with the city's legal affairs.

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Dad and the lad make All-Australian squads

Originally published: Thursday, 21st October, 2010

Local Shinglebacks Maurice Hetherton and Brett Morris have won selection in All- Australian squads following the National AFL Masters carnival in Canberra. 

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Date change for carnival

Originally published: Thursday, 21st October, 2010

The local basketball club has been forced to move their junior basketball carnival which was to be held on the last weekend of October.

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Course invitation

Originally published: Thursday, 21st October, 2010

Parents are being invited to attend a Level One cricket coaching course being held at the end of the month.

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Skaters' 10 medal haul

Originally published: Thursday, 21st October, 2010

Local rollerskaters have won 10 medals at the Australian National Artistic Rollerskating championships.

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Broken Hill Golf Club News, 18/10

Originally published: Thursday, 21st October, 2010

9 hole Social Stableford. Field 8. CCR 72. 

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SC SMALLBORE RIFLE CLUB

Originally published: Thursday, 21st October, 2010

It was the calm after the storm for shooters on Sunday, where other than a muddy access road, all traces of the preceding couple of day's wind and rain were gone. 

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Cricket News

Originally published: Thursday, 21st October, 2010

Primary Cricket Hardball draw, Term 4

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NORTH BROKEN HILL BOWLING CLUB

Originally published: Thursday, 21st October, 2010

Pennants teams 23-10 at B.H.B.C.

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Indoor Bowls

Originally published: Thursday, 21st October, 2010

Mixed Indoor Bowls results after round 16

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Stick to the facts

Originally published: Wednesday, 20th October, 2010

Basin reform needs 'logical arguments'

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Man facing child porn charges in local court

Originally published: Wednesday, 20th October, 2010

A local man charged with child pornography offences has had his case adjourned and his name suppressed.

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Mining cities in cultural alliance

Originally published: Wednesday, 20th October, 2010

‘This is a wonderful opportunity to promote Broken Hill on the international stage’

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St John awards

Originally published: Wednesday, 20th October, 2010

Three Broken Hill St John volunteerswere among 100 awardees recognised at a recent ceremony in Sydney.

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iPod driver in fine mess

Originally published: Wednesday, 20th October, 2010

MP3 music players and mobile phones might be convenient, but used in the car they are dangerous, police warned yesterday.

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Attacker escapes jail

Originally published: Wednesday, 20th October, 2010

A 20-year-old man who broke another man's nose in a dispute over a computer games machine has been given a suspended jail sentence.

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More duped by scammers

Originally published: Wednesday, 20th October, 2010

Despite all the recent warnings, some locals are still being duped by telephone con artists.

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Cup interest builds

Originally published: Wednesday, 20th October, 2010

The "Cox Plate of the outback" is fast approaching and even a chance of rain shouldn't pose a problem as it is expected late in the day and will amount to less than 5mm.

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Yabbies off menu and on the track

Originally published: Wednesday, 20th October, 2010

It's Spring Carnival for yabbies at Menindee's Albemarle Hotel on Saturday, October 30 with yabbie racing, live music, family entertainment and food from 4pm as part of the town's annual fishing competition.

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No medals for local boys

Originally published: Wednesday, 20th October, 2010

AFL Masters

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Gun club championship

Originally published: Wednesday, 20th October, 2010

The local Gun Club held its monthly shoot on Saturday, which as all locals will know was cold and windy and as the few diehard members who attended found was not very comfortable for shooting clay targets.

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Lakes flows to increase

Originally published: Tuesday, 19th October, 2010

There will be further increases to the release rates from the Menindee Lakes in response to high inflows from the recent rain in the Darling River atchment.

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Rainfall sends more water to irrigators

Originally published: Tuesday, 19th October, 2010

Extensive rainfall across most of the State's inland has prompted an extension of supplementary water access across river valleys in the NSW Murray Darling Basin.

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'Second class supply'

Originally published: Tuesday, 19th October, 2010

Federal MP Sussan Ley has expressed deep concern with the Department of Environment's plan to plough ahead with the Aquifer Recharge project forBroken Hill.

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Yabbie heist

Originally published: Tuesday, 19th October, 2010

Around 40 kilograms of yabbies were stolen from pots at Menindee over the weekend, police said. 

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Clay target championship to Sunraysia shooter

Originally published: Tuesday, 19th October, 2010

Field and Game News

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Dancers to help spread drink message

Originally published: Tuesday, 19th October, 2010

Last year's winners of Australia's Got Talent, Justice Crew, will be performing in the city at a festival marking the end of the local Drinksafe Community Initiative.

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Mining heritage to go under hammer

Originally published: Tuesday, 19th October, 2010

More of the city's mining heritage will be auctioned this week.

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Services ball back

Originally published: Tuesday, 19th October, 2010

Emergency services are gearing up for the Emergency Services Ball which is on again this weekend.

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Cheese class will be back

Originally published: Tuesday, 19th October, 2010

Local cheese lovers gathered here yesterday to learn how to make some of the different varieties. 

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Unhealthy trend

Originally published: Monday, 18th October, 2010

Alcohol and energy drinks not a good option 

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Man in custody after twice "bashing girlfriend"

Originally published: Monday, 18th October, 2010

A 25-year-old man remains in custody in Broken Hill after he allegedly stabbed his girlfriend twice in the head and bashed her head on the gutter in separate incidents.

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Police Reports

Originally published: Monday, 18th October, 2010

A 33-year-old Broken Hill man was granted bail after being charged with assault, malicious damage and trespass following a domestic altercation.

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Another gong for hardworking Hayden

Originally published: Monday, 18th October, 2010

Local charity worker Hayden Zammit has added to his large collection of awards.

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Taste of the bush in virtual trade fair

Originally published: Monday, 18th October, 2010

Local business owners have taste-tested products from across country Australia at a "virtual trade fair".

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Baby treated for shock after collision

Originally published: Monday, 18th October, 2010

Two people, including a baby, were taken to hospital with shock following a collision in the city on Friday afternoon.

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Police appeal for stolen guns, ammo

Originally published: Monday, 18th October, 2010

Police are calling for anyone with information regarding the theft of five rifles and a quantity of ammunition to come forward.

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Handbag, horsefloat stolen

Originally published: Monday, 18th October, 2010

A mobile phone was stolen from a handbag at a Williams Street licenced premises early on Saturday morning.

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THE PINNACLES

Originally published: Monday, 18th October, 2010

Not volcanoes: Understanding and mining the quartz magnetite

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Lizards shine in duck weather

Originally published: Monday, 18th October, 2010

Round two of the Masters AFL Carnival was held in Canberra on Friday in atrocious weather conditions.

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Billiards

Originally published: Monday, 18th October, 2010

Round 15.

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Golf

Originally published: Monday, 18th October, 2010

Wednesday 6-10-10 Par Round 11 players CCR +1. 

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Bowls

Originally published: Monday, 18th October, 2010

LADIES INDOOR BOWLS ASSOCIATION

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Local link to rescue

Originally published: Friday, 15th October, 2010

Exploration chief
key to Chile success


by Gina Wilson
The man who founded a computer mapping company which helped rescue 33 trapped miners in Chile heads up a number of exploration companies searching around Broken Hill for base metals.

Dr Bob Johnson, who in 1983 founded the company Maptek, said he was happy to play a part in the dramatic rescue of the men who were trapped more than 600 metres underground after a rock fall in a mine in northern Chile on August 5.
Maptek, now a global software company with an office in Chile, was called in to map the drillholes, including one named Hope Drillhole, which ultimately found and then rescued the trapped men.
Dr Johnson, who is also the chairman of Havilah Resources, Curnamona Resources and Geothermal Resources, all searching for iron ore, gold, copper and geothermal energy around the city, said he was happy to play a part in the successful rescue.
"Maptek is honoured to participate and to be able to use our skills and technology to help with the rescue."
Dr Johnson said he never dreamed when he designed the software, which is also used locally by Perilya, that it would save scores of men's lives.
"Often there is nothing you can do but watch. It was nice just to be able to help. To go in and do something useful," he said.
"I would never have dreamed of that - not in a million years.
"It was against the odds. The success was actually getting this hole into the right spot."
The last of the 33 miners was yesterday brought safely to the surface amid scenes of jubilation around the country and in the capital, Santiago.
The Chilean president, Sebastian Pinera, was on site at the San Jose mine in the Atacama desert, about 1200 kilometres north of the capital, when the miners were brought to the surface following a 22 hour rescue operation.
Dr Johnson said he had been watching the drama unfold on television from his office.
He said through the company's Chilean manager, who was currently in Maptek's Adelaide office, he had kept up to the minute with the rescue.
"We watched it on (TV) and had to continually interrupt a conference we were having to keep going back," Dr Johnson said.
Maptek received a call from the rescue team on August 11 asking for help on the drilling control and 3D display to map the drill holes.
"We immediately sent one of our mine engineers ... to the site to help," Dr Johnson said.
He said the company then conducted on-ground surveys of the region and, using this along with models and information from the mine, established where the men were trapped.
"This data was taken into Maptek Vulcan 3D software to create an accurate topographic model and 3D representation of the complex underground workings to understand where the 33 miners were trapped," Dr Johnson said.
The team then designed the direction and orientation of the drill hole which targeted the tunnel, named the Esperanza Drillhole - Hope Drillhole.
"Maptek Geologist, Sandra Jara, working the shift on August 22, witnessed the first contact with the miners when she heard the men tapping on the drill as it entered the chamber where they were trapped," Dr Johnson said.
"She immediately telephoned Maptek South American Vice-President Marcelo Arancibia and exclaimed "Marcelo, there is life down there!"
"Sandra then helped to design and then control the orientation of the next two drill holes that also successfully made contact with the 33 miners down below.
"This final drill hole was the one used for the Plan B access shaft that was used to rescue the men."
Dr Johnson said other companies including BHP, Codelco and Collahuasi also worked together to rescue the men.
"This team work ... was carried out discreetly and efficiently, with the sole focus on achieving the amazing outcome," he said.



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Jack drafted for cricket season

Originally published: Friday, 15th October, 2010

Budding cricketers are being encouraged to register for the junior cricket competition which starts soon.

The BH Primary Cricket Association competition begins on Saturday week at the Picton Oval and a registration day will be held tomorrow (Saturday) at Centro Westside between 9am and 11am.
Children must registered to participate in the competition which is designed to introduce children to the game in a fun atmosphere.
The competition is open to kindy to Year 4 students who, depending on their age, take part in coaching exercises or play a modified version of the game.
Registration is $10 for the term.
Among those who can't wait for the season to start is six-year-old Jack Eckert, who has been practicing hard at home with his dad, David.
While young Jack regards himself as a bit of an allrounder, he told the BDT this week that he "likes fielding the most".



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Students walk a mile in old shoes

Originally published: Friday, 15th October, 2010

Medical and nursing students are getting some first-hand understanding of the effects of ageing in a unique local pilot program.

Developed by the BH University Department of Rural Health (BHUDRH) the Age Instructor program will see students don suits that mimic the frailties of ageing, including arthritis and impaired vision.
Program manager Paul Bennett said it was helping students understand the limitations of the elderly, offering a real-life experience and allowing students to consider the need for complete care.
"(It's) giving them more empathy for what elderly people have to do on a day-to-day basis," Mr Bennett said.
Students wearing the premature aged unisex leisure suit (PAUL) yesterday went to Argent Street and Westside plaza, undertaking chores such as paying their rates, shopping and going to the bank.
Students wore a combination of ear plugs, wrist and arm pads, goggles and different types of glasses that simulate visual impairment.
"We designed these suits, but a program like this hasn't been done before," program co-ordinator Danielle Keenan said.
Medical student Jeremy Norden, 24, said the suit was very restricting when he wore it early yesterday, and he felt the experiment was "quite confronting".
They then had another member of their team act as their carer for the day.
The learning experience is a new part of a program which is run by the BHUDRH to provide students with an understanding of issues relating to rural and remote health care service provision.
Students are on a 12-month placement in the city, with eight taking part in the program.


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Man stabbed

Originally published: Friday, 15th October, 2010

A 25-year-old man received stitches to his arm after being stabbed in Wilcannia early yesterday morning.

Police were called to the Wilcannia hospital after the man was treated for the stab wound to his upper right arm between 3.30am and 4am.
The man, who was heavily intoxicated at the time, received four stitches to his arm, police said.
Investigations are continuing.
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The Wilcannia Central School was broken into overnight on Wednesday.
Police said a window in a teacher's room was smashed but it is not yet known if anything was stolen.

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Computer con artist cheats local family

Originally published: Friday, 15th October, 2010

A local family has fallen victim to a phone scammer after unwittingly providing access to a home computer.

Kevin Polak said he received a phone call during the week from somebody claiming to have noticed an excessive number of viruses on the family computer.
Mr Polak's wife Rebecca said the caller spoke in "very technical" language and got her husband into "such a panic".
Mr Polak followed the caller's instructions and accessed links which gave the caller the ability to track what was happening on the computer, and disabled anti-virus software.
He was then led into a fake PayPal site where he entered his credit card details so he could purchase new anti-virus software.
Mrs Polak later arrived home and realised the site wasn't legitimate.
In the process the family lost $194 and Mrs Polak said she had heard similar stories from colleagues at work.
"It's right now happening to people in Broken Hill," she said.
The couple cancelled their credit cards, changed banking passwords and disabled their internet banking.
It took eight hours for the family to fix the problem.
"We normally hang up on these people," Mr Polak said.
But Mrs Polak said the caller had an "answer for everything".
She said she was concerned for older residents, who might buy into what the scam artists are saying.
"No one will ring you to tell you there is a problem in your computer," she said.
"No one knows what's going on in your computer but you.
"And if they do ring to try and sell you something, hang up."
Mrs Polak said all computer stores in town knew of the phone scam.


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Police issue phone crook alert

Originally published: Friday, 15th October, 2010

Police have warned people about telephone scammers following advice from a local bank that locals may have been targeted.

The bank informed police yesterday that two of their customers had been called by people falsely claiming to be from the bank.
The callers told the customers that they would refund all fees and charges taken from accounts and credit cards and asked for their account details, police said.
When the residents became sceptical the callers told them to hold while they put them through to a "supervisor", police said.
They said the bank had reported the matters to its fraud unit and said it was concerned that Broken Hill may be being specifically targeted.
The bank also said the crooks seemed to be riding on the back of media coverage of law suits against banks regarding the refunding of fees and charges.
Police said customers of all banks should be aware of this and if they are contacted by people claiming to be from a bank they should check before any information is provided to the caller.

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Bank scammer thwarted

Originally published: Friday, 15th October, 2010

A local man is warning locals about the threat of telephone scammers.

Rob Wilson said he received a call from a man with an Indian accent on Wednesday who said he was from the Commonwealth Bank.
"He said that from his records he knew that we had been long-term members, valued customer of the Commonwealth Bank for well over 20 years."
The man asked Mr Wilson if he was aware about the recent court cases where it had been found the Commonwealth Bank had been overcharging for service fees.
He said the company was now in the process of reimbursing overcharged customers.
The man went on to say he could send Mr Wilson out a cheque or "even better", could do a direct deposit into his account.
"And I'm sure he was just about to say 'can we please have your bank account details?'"
"And I said 'mate, this is a scam, where are you calling from?' And ping, phone hung up."
Mr Wilson rang his wife, Di, at work to tell her about the phone call. She said she remembered calls of a similar nature the week before.
They claimed to be doing a survey on banking institutions and asked who they banked with and for how long and his wife told them they had been customers for more than 20 year.
"So they've obviously pumped Di for the information, rang back a week later, they've already got the information on hand, they knew which bank we were with, how long we'd been with them," Mr Wilson said.
He said he was concerned about the elderly, who may be tricked into the scam because of the information the caller knew.
He urged people who received these calls to get in touch with their bank.
"It's not common practice, especially the Commonwealth Bank, to ring customers. It's either by letter or I get e-mails from them for some of my statements."
Mr Wilson said he spoke to the police before approaching the BDT.

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South water supply upgrade completed

Originally published: Friday, 15th October, 2010

Residents in the south of the city will benefit from the recent completion of a $1.3 million upgrade of the water mains that supply the area.

Regional general manager Far West and water operations, Guy Chick, said the three-year project has seen water crews replace almost eight kilometres of mains with a different type of pipe that is immune to corrosion from the soil and will improve the reliability of the water supply to the area.
"We worked smarter on this upgrade, choosing to use a larger sized  . . . pipe that will not only allow more water to flow through, but will also last longer and be more reliable than the old pipes we're replacing," Mr Chick said.  "Previously, we were sending water to parts of South Broken Hill from Blende Street, and now the entire area will be supplied from the Hebbard Street Reservoir, with the Blende Street facility to be used as a back-up water source in the case of an emergency.
"Having a reliable back up supply on hand further secures the community's water supply, ensuring we have options to reroute the water in emergencies - for example if the water mains are broken by outside forces such as careless excavations," he said.
Mr Chick thanked residents for their patience and understanding through the course of the project.
"As we've been working to improve the water supply for South Broken Hill, residents have experienced planned water interruptions," he said.



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Shannon shows it's a solid gold friend

Originally published: Friday, 15th October, 2010

Shannon Electrics has become the second local Gold Business Friend of the BH Community Foundation (BHCF).

Kevin and Judy Taylor have made the commitment to contribute $25,000 to the Foundation to celebrate their 25 years' ownership of Shannon Electrics, but say they always intended "to do something" to help the BHCF continue its work locally.
"We believe the Foundation is a fantastic idea. It's exactly what Broken Hill needs. There's going to come a day when there is no mine here and it is imperative we get new businesses up and running well before that day comes.
"We may still have mining employment at the moment, but it's a bonus really. We need to do everything we can now to protect our future," Mr Taylor said.
As a Gold BH Business Friend of the Foundation, Shannon Electrics will donate $5,000 a year to the BHCF Capital Fund for five years. Mr Taylor believes that level of commitment is within reach of a number of local businesses.
"I don't think it's too big an ask to find other businesses who could come in at Gold level, given the $25,000 can be achieved over a number of years.
"However, I'd certainly encourage any business to take a look at how they can support the Foundation. There are various levels available and even smaller businesses will have something to gain from contributing - it's in our own best interest to see new local enterprises and new local jobs created."
Mr Taylor said the type of projects supported by interest earned on the BHCF Capital Fund had been a key element in their decision-making process.
"We've taken note of some of the projects that have been funded over the years - from Silverlea through to the local 4 Wheel Drive event - and it's all good for Broken Hill's future.
"Really, it's in our own best interests as businesspeople and residents to do what we can to make sure the Foundation continues to grow," Mr Taylor said.
Shannon Electrics employs 20 people in the city and another four at a second outlet in Victor Harbor.
Although both businesses have been involved in their communities through sponsorship of sporting and charitable organisations, Mr Taylor said the BHCF donation was the largest.
"It will also be the longest-lasting. The funds we put into this now will keep earning new money for local projects year after year. The commitment just makes sense."
BHCF Chair Vince Gauci said this most recent donation to the BHCF Capital Fund was among the most exciting.
"We set a goal of ten Gold BH Business Friends of the Foundation because that meant a quarter of a million dollars - an amount we could take to governments and others outside of Broken Hill and say, 'Look what Broken Hill business can do'.
"We are really hopeful we can attract another eight to join Shannons and the BH Community Credit Union.
"However, we are also looking for ten businesses to contribute $3,000 a year for five years at Silver level and ten businesses at $1000 a year to become Zinc BH Business Friends of the Foundation," Mr Gauci said.
Mr Gauci said a local marketing campaign was underway to attract businesses into the various levels of the support structure and he would be pleased to personally discuss the BHCF and its activities.
"We have a meeting scheduled for Broken Hill in mid-November and usually invite a small group of businesspeople to join us for a meal.
"If anyone is interested in joining that group to learn more about the Foundation, we'd be delighted to send an invitation."
The BH Community Foundation can be contacted by telephone on 8087 9985 or by email at manager@bhcf.org.au.


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Mixed day for locals in Canberra Masters

Originally published: Friday, 15th October, 2010

Broken Hill’s seven Shinglebacks in Canberra for the National AFL Masters Carnival had mixed results on Monday. In the 50’s Division Peter Nash and Frank Napoli looked a treat in the SA state colours, but alas the Tassie boys handled the 9am start (and the dewy ball) better to win by 21 points. Nash had a mixed day missing an early chance on the left foot before being banished to the backlines for two quarters....(hate the coach already!) whilst Napoli got limited game time in the forward lines. Both will be looking for a better hit-out today. In the 35’ Division Terry Anderson started in attack, but a disagreement with his SA coach saw him on the pine for two quarters (and the playing coach was out of place!). Ginge returned in the final quarter to enjoy a win against WA. The 55’s Division saw the much anticipated clash of SA and NSW with locals Jimmy Hinton and Dave Jackson playing for SA and Maurice Hetherton captain coach of NSW. After 1100km of “verbal” the battlelines were set and bragging rights were up for grabs. Hetherton started well in the middle for NSW whilst Hinton was at half back and Jackson half forward. Jacko copped an early push and again damaged his suspect “hammy”. He battled on to quarter time and then returned to full forward for the second half, albeit in obvious discomfort. Hinton moved up to the wing and created havoc, linking up with the SA boys who were giving Hetherton’s boys a flogging. At one stage Hetherton told a teammate to play a hard tag on Hinton, but it had no effect at all and Hinton was high up in the SA best players and will be on target for All Australian honours, if not for his footy skills then definitely for his “sledging” of Hetherton! In the final game Brett Morris debuted for the SA 45’s Division. Morris had already created an impression on the rub down table but was alarmed at the lack of oil. Morris slotted into half back and went about racking up the possessions whilst standing nobody (sound familiar boys!). Horrie had arrived at State level and played a ripper game, enjoying brushing aside guys his own age and will be a big chance for All Australian honours if he can maintain that level of effort. SA boys had the bye and played a game against a “presidents” team and despite losing will still be good things to advance to the finals if they can beat Queensland today. Round two continues today and all the locals will be better for getting to know their team mates and what’s required at this level. It’s still footy for fun but already we know everyone hates the VICS!

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Junior Golf has new champion

Originally published: Friday, 15th October, 2010

The Junior Golf Championships were played on Sunday and resulted in Josh Jeffery being crowned for his first championship win, wresting the title from Cameron MacKay who has dominated this event for the past four years. After completing the first nine holes, Josh led the field by just three strokes on a nervous 44 but held himself together on the final nine, matching Cameron’s score on 41 to win the title by three strokes on 85. Cameron was the first to congratulate Josh on his win and would not be disappointed with his 88 to collect the runner up trophy. Cameron Andrich, struggling to find form after his C grade club championship win, was doing more than enough to take out the best nett trophy, whilst Kyle Jelbert, not long playing with the senior boys, did very well to covet the nett runner up trophy. Jacqueline Walter, without competition, will receive the senior girls trophy but had to earn it the hard way by playing along side the boys with a maximum limit on her gross score. It was a very mental game for Jackie, but as the true champion she is, easily qualified for the championship title, as did young Liam McAllister who had to meet a certain score as well when his age group of boys missed the tee. Liam, under the watchful eye of Mark Walter, made the deadline easily and rightly deserves the title of Junior Sevenhole Champion. Jamie Greeney, Glenn Andrich and Trevor Henderson supervised the seniors over the championships. Our little three-hole golfers competition resulted in a title for Luke Hall in his first year with junior golf, showing a lot of potential. Luke will be someone to watch in the future. Marcus Tan played his best game for the season to take out the runner-up trophy in this group, with newcomer Aiden Miani winning the nett event, and little Billy Lane rueing his overshot on the second hole but doing enough to win the nett runner-up award. Phoebe Lane has won the Junior Girl Three-hole Championship in another very consistent game, from runner-up Lily MacKay. This section of juniors was sadly depleted with a few of our young lasses missing from the line-up, but nothing can be taken away from these two fine young ladies. Full results as follows: Senior boy Champion: Josh Jeffery; runner-up: Cameron MacKay; Nett Winner: Cameron Andrich; Nett runnerup: Kyle Jelbert. Boys Seven Hole Champion: Liam McAllister; Senior Girl Champion: Jacqueline Walter; Junior Girl Threehole Champion: Phoebe Lane; runnerup: Lily MacKay; Junior Boy Three-hole Champion: Luke Hall; runner-up: Marcus Tan; Nett Winner: Aiden Miani; Nett runner-up: Billy Lane. The Coaches Trophy is for those juniors that I deem to have great potential in the game and the following are the recipients: Brock Miani, Blake Rogers, Bryce Royle, Gracie O’Neil, Emily Burn, Shaina Burn, Jesse Finlayson. The coveted “John Picton” trophy, along with all other trophies will be presented to the winners on Presentation Day, November 7 at 12.30. There will be a barbecue lunch for all juniors’ families, along with some giveaways to the children as well and parents. There will be no junior golf this Sunday due to the Emus’ Ambrose, but will continue the folling Sunday at 9am.

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Mine acts to lessen impact

Originally published: Thursday, 14th October, 2010

CBH Resources says relocating a proposed processing plant to the north-eastern end of the Rasp Mine will reduce the mining operation’s impact on residents. Moving the plant is one of a number of modifications the company has made to its planned expansion of the zinclead- silver mine, which still requires government and board approval. CBH said the changes, which are contained in the company’s preferred project report, would “further minimise” environmental impacts and streamline operations. The mine’s manager, Brendon Barker, said yesterday the decision to move the processing plant from its site at the southwest end of the lease meant it would be further away from residents. In its preferred project report, the company said the plant would now be located close to Mawsons Quarry and some 425 metres from the nearest residences, as opposed to 225 metres under the original plan. “The proposed relocation of the processing plant is preferred as it removes the major noise and dust generating activities from the densely populated areas south and west of the lease,” the company said in the report which is on public exhibition. The company said crushing would continue to take place during day shift only. As a result of the plant’s relocation, Mr Barker said the company would now use a haulage road that runs through the centre of the lease, instead of building a new road on the western side of Kintore Pit. He said the other major change from the original plan was a decision to build a railway siding at the northern end of the lease, parallel to the main rail line. “So a lot of this is getting similar activities in similar locations.” Mr Barker said the company wasn’t forced to make the changes but after significant consultation with residents, decided it could come up with “a better outcome”. “We would have got it (the original application) through.” He said the changes would add cost to the project but that CBH believed the “benefits” outweighed the cost. But despite the changes, some residents have told Planning NSW that the project should be rejected in its present form. In a submission to Planning NSW, Eyre Street couple Bob and Kathy Holmes said CBH had addressed concerns surrounding the amount of dust, noise and odour that could come from the mine “to a degree”. They said there were a number of areas that were still a concern, including the “odour-producing chemicals” associated with the pumping of tailings from the mill into holding dams, which will be 300 metres from some homes. The couple said the smell produced “will affect nearby residents during the pumping and drying process and beyond”. So, too, would chemical additives used in the flotation mill and treatment plant, said the Holmeses, who also said CBH still hadn’t decided on the type or brand of dust suppressant they intended to use. The direction the ventilation fans would be facing also had not been finalised, they said, nor the location of the water sprays. “We believe independent dust monitoring should be an absolute must in this situation,” said the couple, who formed local group Residents Against Contaminated Environments (RACE). “Without someone independent to monitor dust levels CBH will have no credibility or transparency.”

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A good year for roses

Originally published: Thursday, 14th October, 2010

With roses in bloom and gardens looking green
and fresh, the Silver City Garden Club recently
held its Rose Competition.
The winners were announced yesterday and club
member Bob Pascoe won first prize in the large rose
garden category.
Mr Pascoe said the competition was divided into
three sections - Small Rose Garden (less than 10 roses)
Medium Rose Garden (10-50 roses); and Large Rose
Garden (more than 50).
He said the gardens were judged on Monday. As a
judge and an entrant, Mr Pascoe had his garden judged
by someone else.
Mr Pascoe said it takes a lot of tender, loving care to
look after roses.
“I have a special formula ... I prune and feed my
roses in July with rose food then feed them again in
September.
“I look at a plant as if it is a living thing, like us ... you
have to give them food and water.”
Mr Pascoe enjoyed the rain yesterday, saying that this
year had been great for the roses.
“You have to put your whole heart and soul into
gardening ... you either love it or hate it,” he said. “It
takes a lot to look after it.”
Mr Pascoe said he has been gardening all his life and
he still enjoys it.

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Guns, ammo stolen

Originally published: Thursday, 14th October, 2010

Police say that recovering three guns and an amount of ammunition stolen from a Menindee property is a high priority.
A shotgun, two rifles and bullets were taken from a Cemetery Road property some time after 5.30pm on Monday.
The house was found with a broken window on Tuesday. Police said it appeared the thieves got in through the window, found a set of keys and opened the gun safe.
Anyone with information should contact police or CrimeStoppers.

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Numbers come up big time

Originally published: Thursday, 14th October, 2010

A local man doubled his luck by buying two tickets in the Saturday Lotto draw and winning two shares in the $4 million division prize. The man, who wished to remain anonymous, picked up $2,080,014.37 in the draw with tickets purchased from Silver City Newsworld in Oxide Street. NSW Lotteries spoke to the double Lotto winner who was “over the moon” to be a multi-millionaire. “I have been playing the same numbers and buying two tickets since 1990. I’ve won little bits here and there but nothing like this. It’s so exciting I really don’t know how I feel,” the winner said. The lucky local scored two $1,031,844.11 shares in the division one prize, along with a further $16,352.15 in divisional prizes. “I called into the newsagent yesterday morning to collect the results and I thought I had got five numbers,” he said. “When I got home I checked my tickets properly and then realised I had all six winning numbers. I didn’t know what to do.” The man will use the money to look after his family. Newsworld owner Phil Day said he was delighted by the win, which would add to the 18 major prizes sold from the store. “Just great excitement, the whole shop was buzzing.” Mr Day said it was “unusual” to have the same person win two shares in a first division prize. The winning numbers from Saturday night’s Lotto draw, number 3049, were 26, 36, 32, 1, 11 and 24 with 8 and 14 as supplementary numbers.

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Chilling out in the rain

Originally published: Thursday, 14th October, 2010

A drop of rain yesterday was of little concern to hospital staff who organised a “stress less” day in the town square. The annual event is held in conjunction with what is now Mental Health Month, which aims to let people know about mental illnesses such as depression, and stress. Local help groups such as Lifeline, Centrelink and the BH Health Service set up stalls and handed out information on how to cope better. Organiser and manager of the Community Mental Health Drug and Alcohol Service, Vanessa Smith, said she was very happy with the turnout of people despite the rain. Ms Smith said this year’s event had a different message for people. “This year the motto is ‘good friends help us bounce back,’” she said. She was also very happy to see so many mental health-affiliated groups in attendance. “It is a lot of effort for people to put up their displays and come along on the day,” she said.

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Company delves gold prospect

Originally published: Thursday, 14th October, 2010

Drilling has begun on two gold
prospects south of the city.
Melbourne explorer Stellar
Resources said the drilling, which
began last week, includes five holes
at the Williams prospect and two
holes at the Panama Hat prospect.
The prospects, about 30 kilometres
south of Broken Hill, are under a
joint venture between Stellar and
Adelaide’s Havilah Resources.
The announcement last week sent
Stellar Resources’ share price up
more than 50 per cent in two days.
The drilling follows a ground
gravity survey which Stellar did four
years ago and which defined two
main anomalies.
The company is also exploring for
zinc and copper around the city at its
Goldfinger and Copper Blow
prospects.
The company’s share price has
been erratic since the announcement,
initially doubling before falling more
than 17 per cent then jumping more
than 10 per cent yesterday.

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MP to enter debate on war

Originally published: Thursday, 14th October, 2010

Local federal MP Sussan Ley will
next week have the opportunity to
speak on the war in Afghanistan.
Ms Ley, the Member for Farrer, will get
to speak when the debate begins in the
lower house on Tuesday.
Prime Minister Julia Gillard said members
from all sides of politics will be able
to participate.
“I will speak as prime minister, the
leader of the opposition will be able to
speak for an equal amount of time,” Ms
Gillard said yesterday.
From Wednesday morning on, members
from the house of representatives
from all sides of politics and the independents
will be able to make their contribution.
The debate was called by the Greens
and new independent federal MP Andrew
Wilkie, who oppose Australia’s involvement
in Afghanistan.

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Police seek to ease concern over assaults

Originally published: Thursday, 14th October, 2010

By Gina Wilson

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Batten down the hatches

Originally published: Thursday, 14th October, 2010

With heavy rain and storms forecast for the city tonight and predictions of severe weather conditions for most of the state on Friday, the State Emergency Service is urging home owners to take precautions. The SES local controller, Ben Kelly, said the unit’s volunteers were well prepared, equipped and trained for the storm season. But he said it was important that residents help reduce the damaging impact of storms and improve household safety. The best way to do that was: * Clearing gutters, downpipes and drains of leaves and debris; * Trimming branches that overhang buildings, carports and pergolas where safe to do so and permitted by the local council; * Keeping your roof in good repair; * Ensuring that light, loose items such as toys * The storm season can bring damaging winds. and garden furniture are put away ahead of expected storms; * Staying away from flooded areas, fallen power lines and damaged structures; * Never walk, ride or drive through flood water. Should emergency assistance in a storm be required, call the local SES on 132 500. The majority of severe storms in NSW occur between October and March. During these months severe storms, often accompanied by hail, high winds and torrential rain, can strike a community with little warning, threatening life and destroying homes and personal possessions.

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HSC students ready for the test

Originally published: Wednesday, 13th October, 2010

The culmination of 13 years of schooling arrives tomorrow for Year 12 students with the start of the Higher School Certificate exams.

A record 71,000 NSW students begin their final exams this week.
They get underway tomorrow with Business Studies, but most students will start their HSC by sitting an English exam on Friday.
The Minister for Education and Training, Verity Firth, has wished all students the best of luck.
Six students from Willyama High School, were nervously awaiting the start of the exams and trying their best to get lots of study completed.
Sam Charlton, Tobias Hack, Shannon Comeadow, Raynor Hicks, Cassie Gallagher and Kate Vandenheuvel have all been studying hard for their exams.
Sam said he was doing a little bit of study each day, Raynor has a study time table she follows each day and Kate said she managed to study a "fair bit".
Ms Firth said that students have already obtained half of their HSC mark from their school based work.
"These final exams count for the other 50 per cent, and are an opportunity for students to show how much they have learned.
"Students should give themselves the best chance to do as well as they can but they should keep their HSC experience in perspective - remember there are many pathways to university, training or a job.
"What's exciting this year is that about one-third of HSC students will graduate with a dual qualification - their HSC credential and a nationally-recognised vocational certificate."
Sam said that having already completed 50 per cent of the HSC had taken a lot of pressure off the exams.
Raynor was happy that 50 per cent of class work was counted towards the exam. Shannon and Cassie said it was a relief to not have so much pressure placed on the exams.
The record of 71,310 HSC enrollments this year has meant that about 45 per cent of all HSC students study at least one science course.
Every HSC science course grew this year.
Sam and Raynor have undertaken the Senior Science course and Cassie, Kate and Shannon studied Biology as a science course.
"I'm hoping that Senior Science will help me with Marine Biology," Sam said.
"I wanted to keep my options open," Raynor said.
Cassie and Shannon both said they chose Biology because the course had looked interesting and felt it would be good to do.
"The continued growth in science is great news at a time when industry forecasts show significant demand for health care workers over the next 20 years," Ms Firth said.

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Fear not, Mad Max is a goer

Originally published: Wednesday, 13th October, 2010

Fury Road will "definitely" be made, according to director George Miller, who also appears to have ruled out filming the movie anywhere else but Broken Hill.

Locals could be forgiven for thinking the making of the post-apocalyptic movie might never eventuate, at least not near Silverton, after producers delayed filming for a second time last week.
But Miller told the Sydney Morning Herald that while too much vegetation had curtailed plans for filming next year, the fourth sequel to the Mad Max would "definitely" be made.
"Warners (Warner Bros) are very, very committed to the film, as we are," the Oscar-winning director is quoted as saying.
"Unfortunately for Mad Max, what was wasteland is now this wonderful flower garden," added Miller, who also said there were no problems with the film's budget.
According to the article in the SMH, the new start date will be July at the earliest, but more likely September or October. Local accommodation providers have been told filming would likely not start until February 2012.
Miller also appears to rule out moving the film to another desert location, saying his company had "looked at every single nook and cranny in Australia for these specific locations".
"That's why Broken Hill has become such a base for outback films; you've got the infrastructure of the city itself and the treeless plains beyond.
"Obviously if we go to Namibia or Morocco or Chile it's a different kettle of fish, but we want to shoot it here."
City Council General Manager Frank Zaknich said there were positives for the city arising from the film's delay.
"News about the movie's delay is generating extraordinary publicity for Broken Hill, particularly on film and entertainment websites around the world, which is bringing substantial focus to the city as a film-making destination," he said.  "Pre-production will continue in and around Broken Hill and the producers, Kennedy Miller Mitchell, intend to leave many of their assets here.
"So, in effect, the decision to postpone filming means the pre-production crew will be here for an even longer period, continuing to generate more activity for the local economy."
Business Broken Hill president John Groenendijk said on Sunday that the delay was "frustrating" for businesses, which had stood to benefit significantly from the movie.
"Yes, some businesses will lose some forward bookings and we acknowledge this, but it is my understanding that KMM will meet all their current contractual obligations," Mr Zaknich said.
Council's Community Development manager, Ms Andrea Roberts, said producers Kennedy Miller Mitchell would take up the lease on the new Broken Hill Film Studio precinct, as originally planned.
"We have had assurances from KMM that they will honour that agreement, so it is full steam ahead with the development of Australia's fifth-biggest movie studio."
A spokesman for Council said ownership of the film studio site, the former Central Power Station in Eyre Street, was expected to be transferred to City Council from Perilya in the next couple of weeks.
While many have been burned financially by the delay, most accommodation providers are not expected to turn their backs on the film.
Summa Gobell, Broken Hill First National Real Estate holiday cottage manager, said clients who signed on to provide accommodation for the movie knew the risks involved.
"All our providers were given the choice to have their accommodation involved (with Fury Road)," she said.
"We told operators this will be a risk."
Ms Gobell said none of the 15 clients who had contracts with Fury Road had told her they no longer wanted to deal with the film company.
With the "continuous changes" surrounding the movie, Ms Gobell said in some respects she was relieved filming had been put back for 12 months.
"But we are disappointed it's been delayed."

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Rivers authority hlding out on local meetings

Originally published: Wednesday, 13th October, 2010

The Murray-Darling Basin Authority will have to be
convinced before it convenes a public meeting in Broken
Hill and Menindee to explain its controversial plan for
the basin.
The first of a series of meetings following the release of
the draft Murray-Darling Basin Plan on Friday was held in
Shepparton, Victoria, yesterday.
The authority, which is proposing large cuts to water
entitlements across the basin, will travel to 22 other
centres between now and November 11.
No information sessions are planned for Broken Hill
or Menindee; the nearest meeting will be held in Mildura
on October 27.
A spokeswoman for the authority this week said a
second round of sessions would be held but no locations
have been decided.
“We haven’t scheduled any meetings for the second
round.”
She said the authority would schedule a meeting in a
centre “if a strong reaction comes through a community”.
Long-time water activist Stan Dineen last week criticised
the authority for its decision to ignore the region.
Mr Dineen told the authority through an email that the
Menindee Lakes scheme should have made the town an
obvious location, and that Broken Hill was the largest
community relying on the Darling River for its water.
In the absence of any MDBA session, the Murray-
Darling Association is working with City Council and the
Central Darling Shire Council to provide information to
residents in the region.
The association will hold a forum on October 19 in
Broken Hill and in Menindee the following day.
Residents can register their interest in a public meeting
by contacting the authority through email at engagement@
mdba.gov.au, or by phoning 1800 230 067.

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Strong showing needed here: MP

Originally published: Wednesday, 13th October, 2010

Everyone who can should attend the community 'consultation' meetings in Broken Hill and Menindee, local MP John Williams said yesterday.

Mr Williams said the Murray-Darling Basin Authority had released a "Guide to a Basin Plan" that, if implemented, "threatens the future of every job, every business, every farm and every family in the region."
He said he would not be able to attend the local meetings because Parliament will be sitting on those days but would attend the meetings in Deniliquin and Griffith "where I will certainly be expressing the concerns of the Murray-Darling Electorate."
"There is only one way that we will have our concerns heard by the Authority - we must give them a massive show of numbers at the 'consultation' sessions.
"I encourage you to do all that you can to attend, to have members of your family and to have friends and colleagues attend, even if only for an hour or so. We need a strong attendance to have a strong impact.
"Make no mistake - the future of each and every one of us relies on our voice being heard."
The meeitng in Broken Hill will be held on October 19 at the Aged Person's Rest Centre, Blende Street, from 1pm to 3.30pm; and in Menindee the next day at the Menindee Community Hall, 10am-12.30pm.
"I strongly urge everyone to come to the meetings so that we can provide the show of numbers that we must have in this desperate time," Mr Williams said.

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Digital TV number comes up for local

Originally published: Wednesday, 13th October, 2010

A local woman was yesterday declared the 10,000th person to make the switch to digital television with the help of the government's Household Assistance Scheme.

Mrs Lorraine McIntyre is now digital ready at no cost and with no fuss following the installation of a high definition set top box yesterday.
She will now be able to enjoy the full benefits of digital TV.
The Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy Senator Stephen Conroy said the scheme provided assistance to eligible people as the switch to digital-only TV is rolled out across Australia.
So far the scheme has assisted 10,000 households in Mildura/Sunraysia, regional South Australia and Broken Hill.
"The Scheme ensures older Australians, people with disabilities and their carers are able to easily enjoy the benefits of the historic change in the way Australians watch free to air TV," he said.
"Mrs McIntyre will be able to access digital channels provided by the ABC, SBS and Southern Cross in the Broken Hill area. She will also be able to receive the new Channel 9 service from Southern Cross, which will be broadcast in digital only in Broken Hill from the end of October," Senator Conroy said.
The scheme was first rolled out in Mildura/Sunraysia in Victoria where more than
2,650 households were helped to switch to digital TV on June 30. Regional South Australia and Broken Hill are the next areas to switch to digital only TV on December 15.
Executive Director of the Digital Switchover Taskforce, Andy Townend, said households eligible for assistance included those with a functioning TV that were yet to convert to digital TV, and where a person received the maximum rate of one of the following payments: Age Pension; Disability Support Pension; Carer Payment; Department of Veterans' Affairs Service Pension or Income Support Supplement.



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Hospital pharmacy on national stage

Originally published: Wednesday, 13th October, 2010

Projects by the local hospital pharmacy department illustrating ways of improving medication usage and safety will be presented at a national conference in Melbourne.

The projects will be presented as posters at the Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia (SHPA) National Medicines Management Conference and is the third year the pharmacy department will be presenting.
The first poster, prepared by Intern Pharmacist Yograjsinh Sagar and Pharmacy Manager Lindsay Scott, is based on the treatment of elevated lead levels.
The second, prepared by Ms Scott, outlines strategies to address confusion about strong pain killers with similar sounding names.
Ms Scott said having posters in the conference shows that the pharmacy department here is innovative.
"It demonstrates we are willing to produce work to improve medication usage and safety both in the local area and to share this with other colleagues," she said.
"It is also good to show prospective employees that the department is dedicated to improving services."
The presentation of innovative pharmacy research is the cornerstone of SHPA conferences.
It offers the opportunity for researchers to share their important findings, showcase recent advances and updates in hospital pharmacy practice and to encourage collaboration and information sharing within the profession.
This year's conference received a record 375 submissions.
Previous presentations included "Results of Pharmacy Student Evaluation of Placement in Broken Hill" and "Innovative Roles of Pharmacy Technicians".
The posters will presented at the conference in November.


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Footy writer also handy with a camera

Originally published: Wednesday, 13th October, 2010

BDT columnist Peter Argent has won the 'Best Character Photograph' award at the recent SANFL media awards.

Argent, who has been a columnist with the BDT since 2007, won the award for his image of a magpie warbling at the top an Alberton Oval grandstand in Adelaide.
The photo was captioned, 'Still Singing - But for How Long?'
Argent compared his run of second places with awards with the Port Adelaide Magpies.
"I feel a bit like Collingwood - after a number of effectively second places in the last few years I finally got over the line," he said.
He has been a finalist in more than seven awards such as the SA Country Press, Australian Sports Commission, and SANFL Media Awards.
The three other categories were Best Community Football Photograph, Best Action Photograph and Best Community Football Story.


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Golf

Originally published: Wednesday, 13th October, 2010

BH Golf Club veterans competition, Monday, Field 19, stableford:
Dinner, 1st Ron Denison 41 pts, 2nd David Henderson-Wilson 40
pts;l 3rd Ally Graziani 37 pts; 4th Bob Bessell 37 pts. Nearest pins:
2nd Barry Jackman 449 cms; 8th. David Henderson-Wilson 445
cms; 16th Dudley Hannigan 820cms. Tee off time now 8am.

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Bowls

Originally published: Wednesday, 13th October, 2010

BH BOWLING CLUB
Results: Wednesday cancelled; Saturday winners Fran Dewsberry, Kevin Sullivan. W/Bs L. Spencer 3, D. Cetinich. On Sunday, October 24 the FWA Motors Cosmo Triples will be played, consisting of 3 games of 10 ends, at 10am. Social bowls played Wednesday and Saturday at 1.30pm, names by 1.15pm. Membership annual fees now payable. AG meeting will be held on Sunday at 10am. All members welcome.

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Greyhounds

Originally published: Wednesday, 13th October, 2010

DOGFIELD

Fields for Saturday's greyhound meeting are:
Race 1, Bob, Shirl Robertson Appreciation Sprint, 375 metres, 12.40pm: 1. Black Is Gold, 2. Keith Is Blue, 3. Sir Twink, 4. Cruisin Pedro, 5. Southern Voice, 6. Bell Lee, 7. Iceni Prada, 8. Opium Miss.
Race 2, BH Community Credit Union Silver Collar Final, 525 metres, 1.05pm: 1. Try Black Raider, 2. Bullicourt Vocal, 3. Liberty Man, 4. Lightnin Amba, 5. Silent Stalker, 6. Ranger Boo Boo, 7. Mustant Black, Transporter Two, 9. Bell Lee, 10. Sir Twink.
Race 3, Scott Hooker Appreciation Stake, 525 metres, 1.30pm: 1. She Goes Bang, 2. Why Not Jessy, 3. Dancing Dessa, 4. Bonrain, 5. Praiire Princess, 6. Bluey Bell, 7. Bad Boy Pedro, 8. Vasa Ship.
Race 4, Together Forever Abby and Shane Stake, 525 metres, 1.50pm: 1. Lansley Black, 2. Surfing Demon, 3. Kialla Tommy, 4. Difficult, 6. Nitro Pedro, 7. Miss Roxanne, 8. Ima Poor Man.
Race 5, Terry Fletcher Appreciation Stake, 525 metres, 2.10pm: 1. Surf Burn, 3. Neon Leon Boy, 5. Coup De Loot, 7. Border Patrol.
Race 6, Barrier Social Democratic Club Final, 375 metres, 2.30pm: 1. Elusive Tiger, 2. Sleek Classic, 3. Iceni Archer, 4. Make Some Noise, 5. Double Edition, 6. Croad, 7. Hawker's Gate, 8. Booma Herbie.
Race 7, B. Hill Nissan Mazda Kia Sprint, 375 metres, 2.55pm: 1. Kanaicaredes, 2. Winnabago, 3. All Gas, 4. Carvanator, 5. Supreme Joe, 6. Learn To Surf, 7. Choice Lee, 8. German Bond.
Race 8, Far West Auto Sprint, 375 metres, 3.15pm: 1. Precision Steel, 2. Uncle Reuben, 3. My Babe, 4. Half Wheel, 5. Lee Lee's Lucy, 6. Surfin' The Rail, 7. Supreme Son, 8. Enna May.
Race 9, Repco Auto Parts Sprint, 375 metres, 3.35pm: 1. Why Not Josh, 2. Only Ten Percent, 3. Brett's Boy, 4. Gisele, 5. Iceni Wishes, 6. Flying Fluke, 7. Rosie Roxy, 8. Miss Tidy.
Race 10, Retravision BH Sprint, 375 metres, 3.55pm: 1. Final Crunch, 2. Unrated, 3. Spirit Of Barna, 4. Stormin' Pedro, 5. Slipper's Gift, 6. Hunsie, 7. Cuban Cash, 8. Blue Mandalay, 9. Dragon State.
Kennelling time 11.15 to 12 noon.

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Shooting

Originally published: Wednesday, 13th October, 2010

WEST RIFLE CLUB
On Saturday, in what appeared to be good shooting conditions, the club conducted a double 300 yds Championship shoot to start the third run of the Range Championships. Don Merritt shot very consistantly to win the off rifle section with a 48.2 - 48.4 = 96.6 out fo 100. The overall handicap section went to Kelvin Tucker using 56.6% off his allotted handicap. Kelvin also won the B Grade off rifle with 93.2.
Results in handicap order:
Shooter    300    300    O/R    F/C    Hcp    Total    %
Kelvin Tucker    45.1    48.1    93.2    95    26.5    120    56.6
Don Merritt    48.248.4    96.6    102    19.25    120    93.5
Gary Hanford    39.1    44.1    83.2    85    28.5    113.5
Chris Bray    33.1    30.0    63.1    64 40    104
Next Saturday the club will be holding a double 500 yards Championship shoot, at 1pm. All visitors are welcome. The weekend of October 23 and 24 is the final stage of the No. 9 Teams Shoot, followed on the 23rd by the closed No. 9 Championship shoot. Both days shooting wll be held at the West Range, with a 10am start on both days.

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Basketball

Originally published: Wednesday, 13th October, 2010

She Devils & Ripgirlz basketball news: Last Sunday saw the completion of round nine.
In U10 She Devils missed out on a game because the opposition couldn't field a full team. Bad luck for both teams and we now look forward to next week's game. Training is on Tuesday afternoon from 5 to 6.15pm.
U14 Girls saw Ripgirlz play Blue and come away with a good win. Congratulations to Blue on a great effort, good skills and excellent sportsmanship and we look forward to our next meeting. Strong ball running was again the major feature of both Brooke O'Donnell's and Whitney Smith's play this week. They also provided their usual strong attacks on the boards with handy baskets and good defense. Shania Gebhardt continues to impress with her reading of the game and excellent positional play and again scored valuable points. Abbi Thomas showed her usual great foot work in both offense and defense. Tall forwards Tayla Pettit and Emily Pearce both excelled in the re-bounding department and provided strong work on the boards. Tayla is gaining more in confidence each week and is benefiting from her play in A grade. Emily is starting to display some of the skills we all know she is capable of. Congratulation are due to Emily and Tayla for their efforts in our round eight game for being the leading point scorers.
Monday night saw the girls back up again in a carried over game against the very talented Barrier team.
What a game. This one had everything. Hard, tough play by both sides and neither gave an inch. The Refs earned their keep for the night. This game went right down to wire with Ripgirlz holding on for a close, five point win. Well done to Barrier for providing us with such a tough game. I am sure both teams will learn from the experience. Excellent work and a great team effort from all our girls. Ripgirlz is a very tight unit and will always respond to the challenges with hard work and good sportsmanship. I must pay tribute to Brooke O'Donnell's courage in the latter part of the game. She received a hard knock but bounced back to complete the game in fine style. To our other five Tayla, Emily, Abbi, Shania and leader Whitney an excellent effort.

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Tidy town...or not?

Originally published: Tuesday, 12th October, 2010

The city is a finalist in the Tidy Towns Sustainable Communities Awards, but is struggling with an infestation of weeds.

The hotly-contested Tidy Towns Sustainable Communities Awards recognise and support towns working towards becoming more sustainable.
Projects include environmental, heritage conservation, schools-based programs, parkland and local beautification efforts.
However, due to good rainfall in recent months, weeds have spread across the city's walkways and open areas, becoming an eyesore for locals and tourists alike.
Councillor Bob Algate said yesterday that getting rid of weeds along footpaths and across the town was something the public wanted.
"(When) the Council surveys are conducted... the highest priority by people is weeds on the footpath," Clr Algate said.
He said residents had been telling Council in the surveys that weeds were a top priority for 15 years.
He said however, there was a "lack of resources" within Council.
"I just think, the way I see it, the Council just don't have the manpower."
He said the city would make a better first impression if footpaths were cleaned up.
City Council's Facilities Manager, John Ruby, said the recent outbreak of weeds had been caused by the heavy rain.
"Because of the all the rain... it's just gone berserk," Mr Ruby said.
He said Council had two different contractors out in places like the cemetery helping to pull up and spray weeds.
He said Council had also recently invested in a weed spraying trailer to help combat the problem.
"It's a major issue. We're just trying to keep up with it."
Council's Asset Planner for Parks and Gardens, Shane Stenhouse, said its workers had been out at the cemetery weeding for about a week.
He also said having Correctional Services still brought prisoners out to pick up weeds, but it was up to them when they did it.
"It's not a regular thing that goes on five days a week."
Council's Infrastructure Manager, Paul DeLisio, said that a road resealing program was underway and that was placing extra demands on resources.
He said, however, that truckloads of weeds had been removed from the cemetery recently, but had so far made little impression on the problem.
Council would continue to do what it could, and was also looking at other options to manage the weeds.
As far as nature strips were concerned, Mr DeLisio said to clean them all would be a huge undertaking, but Council was mindful of the need to focus on the city's approach roads.

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Water divide deepens

Originally published: Tuesday, 12th October, 2010

Barwon-Darling irrigators have hit out at proposed cuts to their water entitlements, saying they have already suffered huge reductions and can't afford any more.

 Mugindi-Menindee Advisory Council chairman Ian Cole said yesterday that cuts proposed by the Murray-Darling Basin Authority of between 14 and 18 per cent for the Barwon-Darling would hit the region hard.
 The proposed cutbacks, which would see up to 4000 gigalitres of water removed from productive use across the entire Murray Darling basin, were revealed by the authority on Friday.
 Some groups, including the Darling River Action Group (DRAG), have called for even more reductions, saying they are needed to restore the health of the river system.
 But Federal Member for Farrer, Sussan Ley, said the effect in the NSW Murray, Murrumbidgee and Lower Darling rivers would be disastrous, while State MP John Williams described the proposed cutbacks as an "extreme green" solution.
 Mr Cole said irrigators on the Barwon-Darling had already experienced cuts to entitlements, and any further reductions would be a major blow to irrigators.
 In 2007 irrigators on the Barwon-Darling agreed to reduce their water entitlements by 67 per cent, capping annual usage in the region to 173,000 megalitres.
 Mr Cole said that cut came at the height of the drought and forced many farms and businesses to close and others into receivership.
 Before the reduction, Mr Cole's own business, Darling Farms at Bourke, used to employ more than 50 full-time staff; it now has less than half that number.
 "The combined effect was quite huge on the Barwon-Darling."
 But Mr Cole, who would support a federal government buy back of water to compensate farmers, has little faith the federal government will factor in rural areas in any decision it makes.
 "The government is only really focussed on environmental outcomes; as for loss of jobs and business in rural areas, I don't think the government cares at all.
 "NSW Irrigation Council (CEO) Andrew Gregson said this is not passing the bullshit test and I agree with that."
 But DRAG secretary Barney Stevens said yesterday that towns would suffer if cutbacks to entitlements were not made because the system was already "over-extended".
 He said the nation had been "mining" its rivers for too long, and it was time to give some water back before the precious commodity was "exhausted".
 Mr Stevens also dismissed as scare tactics a warning from irrigators that Australia would face a food shortage in production was reduced.
 "Australia doesn't have a food security problem. If we had a food security problem we wouldn't be wasting water on cotton production.
 "There will be job losses and there may be increases in food prices, but if they don't (cut entitlements) this will happen anyway."
 Mr Stevens said the cutbacks proposed by the Murray-Darling Basin Authority were about half of what the basin really needs.
 He said many irrigation communities had been "artificially increased in size" because of the amount of water being taken out of the system.
 "The problems we have now are not the fault of the family farm; it's major agribusiness that have caused the problems and they have squeezed out these family farms."
 He said the irrigators that remained after the cutbacks would "probably be in a better position than before" because their water will be better quality and more reliable.
 While some are calling for any cuts to be implemented gradually, Mr Stevens said it would already be years before they came into effect because of the states' water sharing agreements.
 "So it's already happening over a long period of time."
 But the Member for Murray-Darling, John Williams, said farmers needed plenty of time to reduce the impact on their operations.
 "If there is to be a move to reduce sustainable diversion limits, there has to be a long term plan that reduces the impact and allows farmers and their communities to progressively plan to farm over the long term with reduced allocations..."
 He said in the meantime, the water market could be allowed to develop and farmers and government could compete for available water.

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Hip-hop talent for city

Originally published: Tuesday, 12th October, 2010

A hip-hop workshop is being held next month with talented dancers coming to the city to teach the locals hip-hop and breakdancing.

Famous "break-boy" Gaz Griffiths and some of his crew from hip-hop group Instant Bun, from Sydney, have agreed to come to Broken Hill in November to host a weekend of workshops.
After attending the World Hip-Hop titles in New York, Gaz and three other members of his crew will come to Broken Hill.
Local Courtney Adams, of New Generation Dancers Company, caught up with Gaz when she attended her second Australian Dance Festival in Sydney this year and it was there that the idea of a hip-hop weekend began to grow.
Courtney said Gaz's face would be familiar to many locals as he was a finalist on So You Think You Can Dance this year and his dance crew were semi-finalists last year on Australia's Got Talent.
The crew were finalists at the Australian Hip-Hop Championships this year.
The boys already have their plane tickets with support from SC Charities and will be here for workshops on November 6 and 7.
The four members of the crew all have a variety of styles they specialise in and their workshops will all have something different to offer.
Courtney is planning these workshops to cost only $5 per day with the hope that everyone will take advantage of this "huge opportunity".
Tickets went on sale on Thursday and have already been sold in Adelaide and a Melbourne group are investigating bringing a mini bus.
Courtney has already approached several companies and organisations for help in covering the cost of the workshops. She said it was about bringing quality dancers to the city that everyone could afford.
Courtney said places will be limited and can be reserved by calling Courtney on 0403 511 037.
Courtney said there may be one or more surprise announcements in the coming weeks.
"But this is not an if or maybe, it is a yes, they will be here," Courtney said.
"Dance in this town has never seen anything like it."

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Increased flows to Lower Darling

Originally published: Tuesday, 12th October, 2010

Bulk transfers of water from Menindee Lakes to Lake Victoria will start on Friday morning.

The release from the outlets on Lakes Menindee, Pamamaroo and Wetherell will be increased gradually over about seven days, to target a flow downstream of weir 32 of about 9,000 ML/day.
The planned changes to release rates and weir pool levels are outlined below, showing the weir 32 pool level in metres and the flow on each day - Thursday: 1.58, 500; Friday: 1.79, 1,000; Saturday: 2.04, 2,000; Sunday: 2.23, 3,000; Monday: 2.38, 4,000; Tuesday: 2.50, 5,000; Wednesday: 2.70, 7,000; Thursday: 3.28, 9,000.
Downstream on the lower Darling, flows are expected to start increasing at Pooncarie on or after October 20, with flows of about 7,000-7,500 ML/day (4.8 m gauge height) by late October. At Burtundy, flows are expected to start rising on or after October 22, with flows in excess of 7,500 ML/day (4.2 m gauge height) by the end of October.
The bulk transfer of water from Menindee Lakes to Lake Victoria is expected to continue at flows of about 9,000 ML/day until late in the month. Thereafter, releases may change in response to inflows from the upper reaches of the Darling River.
Landholders and river users, including pumpers, should take into account the increased flow rates along the lower Darling River and make necessary adjustments to their activities.

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Old mates sought for "Nasho" reunion

Originally published: Tuesday, 12th October, 2010

A local resident is inviting his old National Service mates to attend a reunion.

Half of the 16th National Service Battalion third intake was local, and one of the members, Ally Graziani, is asking locals to help him spread the word about the reunion.
Mr Graziani said an old serviceman friend, Rex Lewis, was organising the event from Adelaide.
"(We would like) as many as we can get. We'd like 20 or so. If anyone knows them, pass the message on," Mr Graziani said.
The reunion will be held at the Rising Sun Hotel at 4pm on October 23.
"If there are any others that were in the third intake and would like to come along they're more than welcome..."
Mr Graziani said he was looking forward to catching up with his old mates over a drink and a meal.
He also said about nine of the 16 local ex-serviceman were still alive, and he only ever catches up with about three of them.
Mr Graziani, now 75, was 19 when he was drafted in 1955.


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Fun golf day for local support

Originally published: Tuesday, 12th October, 2010

The local Outback Emus club is hoping to raise some money this weekend and have a bit of fun at the same time.

Organisers Jeff Hywood, Tim Schofield and Paul Welsh are holding the event for the first time and hope to have a good turnout at the BH Golf CLub.
"It's our first try at it. We're going to see if we can hold it as an annual event," Mr Schofield said.
For 19 years the club has been helping local sport and has raised more than $135,000 for junior sport in the city.
"It's just a fun day along the lines of having a good time," Mr Hywood said.
He also said food and drinks would be available on the course.
People wishing to have a go do not have to be great golfers, and can play in teams or individually.
The four man ambrose event will be held on Sunday with a shotgun start at 10am.
Those interested in taking part may contact the Broken Hill Golf & Country Club on 8087 9099 to register.
"The more we get out there, the more we can help junior sport," Mr Welsh said.


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Swimming

Originally published: Tuesday, 12th October, 2010

BH SWIMMING CLUB POINTSCORE RESULTS

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Golf

Originally published: Tuesday, 12th October, 2010

Stroke and Putting monthly medal was played on Saturday. 1st:
Janice Rowe 72 nett, 2nd Barb Ellis 78 nett, 3rd Doris Roberts 81
nett. Least putts: Janice Rowe 27. Monthly medal winners: A Grade:
Janice Rowe 80 gross 72 nett, B Grade: Barb Ellis 110 gross 78 nett,
C Grade: Ros Reid 127 gross, 82 nett.

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Tennis

Originally published: Tuesday, 12th October, 2010

TENNIS BACK IN FULL SWING
The Tennis Association Night Spring Competition continues this week with the Ladies and Open A comps recommencing after the school holidays.
The results from last Wednesday's Men's B Grade are:
In B1 Tydvil A d Gangsters Of Love 4/34 to 2/25, Andrew Ashwood, won his 3 sets; Gunnas d Wild Turkeys 4/32 to 2/27, Matt Handberg won 3 sets; Slashers d McBilton Black 4/35 to 2/34, Jason McCarthy won 3 sets; and Hasbeens d The Firm on a forfeit.
In the B2 grade Tydvil A d Feauties 5/41 to 1/21, Charlie Sultana and Paul Mullins won their 3 sets, whilst the other match resulted in Barry Crockers d Tramlines 5/39 to 1/16, Michael Fisher, Matt Hosken and young Harrison Nienaber won their 3 sets.
The draw for this week is:
Ladies Tuesday Night A Grade: Grips v Handles and Strings v Racquets; Ladies B Strung Out v Latte and Insanity v Hit'n Miss.
Wednesday Men's B1: Hasbeens v Gunnas; Slashers v The Firm; Wild Turkeys v Gangsters Of Love; and MacBlack Black v Tydvil A.
In the Open A on Thursday night, High Lobs v Volleys; Serves v Forehands and Backhands v Dropshots.
Members are reminded the the annual championships are commencing next week, October 18, Monday night (Mixed Doubles, Open and B grade); Tuesday night (Ladies Doubles (Open and B grade); Wednesday, Men's B1 and B2 Doubles and Thursday, Men's Open Championship Doubles.
Members are enticed to play in the championships, so pick a partner and everyone enjoy the night.
On October 28 (Thursday night) the Open and B grade Singles will be played for Men and Women, so get your name down for these events and lets see if someone can defeat or give Robert Schofield a run for his money in the Men's Open Singles.

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Rifle Shooting

Originally published: Tuesday, 12th October, 2010

Sunday's 50 metre round held on 10-10-10, and at some point during the morning, 10 past 10 (supposedly lucky for some things but apparently not extending to weather conditions for shooting, unless you happened to be seated at bench 10) coincided with the club's least favorite wind direction. The easterly, blowing down the range at the oncoming projectiles caused some upheaval throughout the scores.
Class winners went against the trend and except in the target class, had easy wins on this occasion. Top spot for the day was nearly shared again with just centres between target shooters Beth Garland and Richard Harvey, both on 596. The win went to Beth Garland with Richard Harvey's claim to fame being the only one to record a possible 200 throughout the match. Maybe new bench number 10 made all the difference.
There were a few senior moments but the best example goes to one regular shooter who forgot we have 20 bull targets now and there is no longer a need to put two shots in each. Good one Mick, you could have been the first to shoot a possible 400.
Daryl Gray won the varmint class, Don Betar the sporting and Barry Hobbins was left alone in hunter.
Results were:
Target: Beth Garland 596.48, Richard Harvey 596.43, Jake Lloyd 591.38, Jeff Summers 590.33, Peter Clark 588.36, Mick Micallef 584.21, Kim Gasmier 581.36, Charlie White 581.32.
Varmint: Daryl Gray 591.36, Glenn Siebert 588.32, Robert Tumes 575.25.
Hunter: Barry Hobbins 571.22.
Sporting: Don Betar 573.21, Dennis Le Cornu 565.13, Peter Gurney 564.17, Richard Liston 538.17.
Next Sunday will be 90 metre round.

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Archery

Originally published: Tuesday, 12th October, 2010

SILVER CITY ARCHERS

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Silverton pub's new attraction

Originally published: Monday, 11th October, 2010

After weeks of mystery surrounding Silverton Hotel's Project X, new owners Peter and Patsy Price on Saturday unveiled the new addition to the Mad Max "family".

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Auction a big fundraiser

Originally published: Monday, 11th October, 2010

The local Quota Clubs annual 10 cent auction pulled in big crowds of all ages on Friday night.

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Kitten toll “too high”

Originally published: Monday, 11th October, 2010

RSPCA is encouraging locals to have their pets desexed after an increase in the number of kittens left at the shelter.

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Fury Road setback

Originally published: Monday, 11th October, 2010

A much-needed boost to the city's economy has evaporated with another "frustrating" delay to filming of the fourth Mad Max movie, Fury Road.

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Maari Ma left out of network loop

Originally published: Monday, 11th October, 2010

A long-standing agreement that has improved Aboriginal health in this region may be in jeopardy with the establishment next year of the Far West Local Hospital Network (LHN).

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Spring in air at skatepark

Originally published: Monday, 11th October, 2010

It is back to school today, and it seems the kids have been making the most of the sunny weather.

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Strong performances at draft screening

Originally published: Monday, 11th October, 2010

Two young Broken Hill exports, Harrison Cumming and Thomas Kickett, were among more than a couple of dozen hopefuls at the SA state based draft camp on Saturday at Adelaide's Immanuel College sports facility.

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SHINGLEBACKS UPDATE

Originally published: Monday, 11th October, 2010

The Shinglebacks continue to support our local junior AFL stars with the seven players representing the Stingrays in Albury recently all eligible for a $100 travel subsidy. All the players need to do is submit a brief letter to Peter Nash (at Sampson's) to receive the sponsorship.

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BH PISTOL CLUB REPORT, 9/10/

Originally published: Monday, 11th October, 2010

The days gave us some first class conditions for target shooting on the weekend, and accordingly some pretty good results were posted around all the disciplines.

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North Cricket Club Report

Originally published: Monday, 11th October, 2010

It's time to dust off the whites and roll the arm over for the cricket season.

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South Cricket Club Report

Originally published: Monday, 11th October, 2010

With the start of the 2010/11 cricket season less than a week away the club is stepping up its training in preparation for what it hopes will be a most successful season in all grades.

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Athletics- HASH HOUSE HARRIES

Originally published: Monday, 11th October, 2010

It was difficult to determine who set the trail last week. 

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BH GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB LADIES REPORT

Originally published: Monday, 11th October, 2010

Wednesday's competition was changed to a nine hole competition due to inclement weather. 

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Bocce

Originally published: Monday, 11th October, 2010

Bocce Napredak Club draw

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Paterson’s fascination

Originally published: Thursday, 7th October, 2010

A common plant that has grown into a most uncommon shape has been found beside the Silverton Road, leaving one local amazed.

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Grandson at the Games

Originally published: Thursday, 7th October, 2010

Two very proud local grandparents are watching the Commonwealth Games with great anticipation.

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Fun with fossils

Originally published: Thursday, 7th October, 2010

School children can enjoy some fossil fun at the Regional Art Gallery today. The gallery is holding a school holiday program for children aged from seven to 14 years.

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Bown endures all the emotions

Originally published: Thursday, 7th October, 2010

Robust and wellliked Norwood big man Stuart Bown experienced the full gammut of emotions in the grand final on Sunday.

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Gleeful girls working hard

Originally published: Wednesday, 6th October, 2010

Two talented locals who have earned the chance of a lifetime to perform internationally are currently in Sydney for a “bootcamp” to prepare them for their debut in December.

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Farmers await plan

Originally published: Wednesday, 6th October, 2010

Basin guide has some worried for the future

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New beginning for YMCA

Originally published: Wednesday, 6th October, 2010

“There is a lot more to come in the coming months”

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Bird caused blackout

Originally published: Wednesday, 6th October, 2010

A power blackout yesterday to homes in more than a third of the city was caused by a bird strike.

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Ten cent auction

Originally published: Wednesday, 6th October, 2010

On Friday night the local Quota Club will once again hold its popular 10 cent auction.

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Lizards join Croweaters

Originally published: Wednesday, 6th October, 2010

by Notsothinlizzie

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Trekkers say mushroom a day keeps cancer away

Originally published: Tuesday, 5th October, 2010

Mushroom suppliers and consultants stopped over in the city recently on a motorbike trek from Sydney to Perth to raise money for cancer research.

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New recruits join the fold

Originally published: Tuesday, 5th October, 2010

Two of the local Army Reserve Unit’s latest recruits have successfully completed basic training where perseverance and a determination to succeed held them up during a sometimes very challenging course.

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Locals ‘well behaved’

Originally published: Tuesday, 5th October, 2010

Police enjoy quite a quiet long weekend

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Schools going to the dogs

Originally published: Saturday, 2nd October, 2010

Primary school classes will go to the dogs from next year.

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Study to go ahead

Originally published: Saturday, 2nd October, 2010

Council will continue with its plan to build a heavy vehicle bypass around the city, but some Councillors don’t see the point. 

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Mines slowing heritage listing

Originally published: Saturday, 2nd October, 2010

Council has been urged to act quickly if it wants the city to gain national heritage listing.

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Healthy example

Originally published: Friday, 1st October, 2010

Local Health Service staff are being encouraged to improve their health by taking part in a new fitness program.

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Big thank you to tireless volunteer

Originally published: Friday, 1st October, 2010

A local hospital volunteer has been recognised for her many years of service to the community.

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City’s got talent

Originally published: Friday, 1st October, 2010

The city showed it had talent at the Thankakli Youth Program Talent Quest which began this week, with winners announced yesterday.

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Cold, wet September

Originally published: Friday, 1st October, 2010

After the coldest winter in 12 years, locals have just experienced a below average September, according to weatherzone.com.au. 

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Changes recognise area is unique

Originally published: Friday, 1st October, 2010

The proposed Far West Local Hospital Network recognised the uniqueness of Broken Hill and surrounding communities, according to Greater Western Area Health Service CEO Danny O’Connor.

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